Rear Admiral Burkhardt holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida; a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and is certified as a senior professional in Human Resources. She completed the Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program (JPME I), the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JPME II) and is designated as a joint qualified officer.
As a Navy Human Resources officer, her assignments have been in the areas of training and education, personnel policy, management, manpower, and requirements. Burkhardt was commissioned under the Nuclear Power Instructor Program and began her career as an instructor teaching math, reactor principles and physics, earning designation as a master training specialist at Naval Nuclear Power School, Orlando, Florida.
Her next assignments were as division officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Jacksonville, Florida; officer-in-charge, Naval Telecommunications Center Mayport, Florida; administrative officer, Naval Station Mayport, Florida; Navy Personnel Command, Officer Post-Board Matters (PERS-833), Enlisted Personnel Progression (PERS-81) and deputy for Career Progression (PERS-8), Millington, Tennessee; executive officer, Training Support Center, Great Lakes, Illinois; commanding officer, Enlisted Personnel/Chief, Joint Assignments & Personnel Reliability Program, J1, United States Strategic Command Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; chief of staff and vice commandant, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida; commanding officer, Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center, Pensacola, Florida; head, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Women's Policy (OPNAV N134), Arlington, Virginia; CNO Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG 34), Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Her first flag assignment was as Director, 21st Century Sailor Office (OPNAV N17), Arlington, Virginia. She was responsible for the integration of the Navy's objectives for equal opportunity, Sailor personal and family readiness; physical readiness; substance abuse prevention; suicide prevention; sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention and response; hazing prevention, and transition assistance to provide Sailors with the support network, programs, resources, training, and skills needed to overcome adversity and thrive. Burkhardt assumed the duties of Director, DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (DOD SAPRO) on 5 April 2017.
Burkhardt's decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.